The Healing Power of Human Touch

·         Couples who maintain regular physical contact are happier in their relationship than couples who do not

·         In nursing homes and hospitals, a nightly backrub helps residents sleep better, heal more quickly, or feel more at home in new surroundings

How To Incorporate More Of The Healing Powers Of The Human Touch Into Your Life


If you don't already do it, make it habit to hug your partner and your children numerous times each day. Extend a hand or take a hand often. Never shy away from hugging friends and family as often as you see them, both upon meeting and upon parting.


If you live alone, get out more often to shake hands, give and receive hugs, pat a shoulder, or receive one on your own shoulder.


Surprise your mate often with a shoulder and neck massage, or when needed, ask for one for yourself. Snuggle and cuddle whenever you can--with a child or with your partner.


Orphanages and large hospitals gladly accept volunteers for the express purpose of holding and rocking babies and children. Not only does it benefit them, but it is a relaxing comfort for the one doing the holding. Nursing homes, too, are always in need of volunteers to chat with the elderly or dying, or to simply hold their hands.


In Conclusion


Whether on the giving end of healing touch or on its receiving end, the benefits it provides humankind cannot be denied.  Incorporating more into your own life and into the lives of others will go a long way to boosting your health and to helping others boost their ability to heal and to enjoy life more.

The Healing Power of Human Touch


"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand."

--Henri Nouwen  Home


Few things in this life have the healing power that can be found within the touch of another human being, especially one who is kind, or one who loves us. That touch can warm the soul, help mend a broken heart, offer reassurance, and reduce stress.


Think how good it feels, for instance, to have someone else wash your hair or massage your aching muscles.  And remember those times in the dark throes of grief when a sincere hug brought tears that needed to be shed or dried tears when you were exhausted with weeping?


Not much can encourage a child more than a pat on the back or the ruffling of the hair by a parent who is happy with him or her, or the  kindness of a teacher who takes a young student’s hand and guides it over the page of a child who was having trouble forming the letter Q.



Scientific Studies Have Shown


·         Babies who lack for human touch do not thrive and sometimes actually die for the lack of it

·         Someone holding your hand in theirs can lower your high blood pressure or relax you in the heat of an argument

·         People who receive eight hugs a day suffer far less depression than those receiving fewer ... or none at all

·         The powers of therapeutic massage and acupressure to heal are greatly touted in the world of science and medicine, both traditional and holistic